Patents Examined by George T. Hall
  • Patent number: 5255814
    Abstract: An improved paint can rim is provided and consists of a ring-like member, a scraping lip and a lid. The ring-like member fits on a paint can. The scraping lip has a pouring hole, is formed within the ring-like member and extends at a slight angle downwardly into the paint can to allow a paint brush to remove excess paint therefrom. The pouring hole allows the paint within the paint can to exit easily when the paint can is tipped over. The lid is removably attached to the ring-like member to seal the paint can.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1993
    Inventor: Joseph Delagera
  • Patent number: 4907722
    Abstract: An easily openable sealed container comprising a rectangular parallelepipedal main body and a caplike reinforcing cover fitted over the top end of the main body. The top wall of the main body is provided with an opening forming thin wall portion. The cover has a top wall provided with an aperture opposed to the thin wall portion and an externally threaded spout projecting upward from the aperture-defining edge portion of the wall. A cap nut screwed on the spout has integral therewith a cutter for cutting the thin wall portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 2, 1988
    Date of Patent: March 13, 1990
    Assignee: Shikoku Kakoki Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Kazuo Ueda, Takehiko Aihara
  • Patent number: 4874103
    Abstract: A receptacle for receiving hazardous or infectious waste material which is nonreleasably sealable to prevent spillage or contamination. The receptacle includes a lower, imperforate base container for receiving and holding the waste material. A cover is provided which engages the base container in a nonreleasable fashion. The cover includes a recess having an aperture for receiving the waste material. A hinged lid is attached to the cover and includes a latch for nonreleasably securing the lid over the aperture to retain the waste material in the container. Preferably, the aperture includes a trough having converging, tapered walls to prevent spillage when the aperture is uncovered. The receptacle is made of polypropylene so that the waste material containing receptacle can be easily incinerated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 1986
    Date of Patent: October 17, 1989
    Assignee: Winfield Corporation
    Inventors: Tony M. Quisenberry, Fred E. Wahlenmeier
  • Patent number: 4867334
    Abstract: A cover assembly apparatus dimensioned and configured for engagement with an associated conduit body having an opening for access to the interior. The apparatus includes a generally plate shaped member, a bow shaped member having flanges extending from the extremities thereof, the flanges dimensioned and configured for engagement with an interface of the associated conduit body, the bow shaped member having a convex side thereof disposed in abutting relationship to the plate shaped member, and apparatus for urging the flanges against respective portions of the plate shaped member to cause the bow shaped member to be less bowed and thus to have a greater length intermediate length as measured between the respective flanges thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 1988
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: General Signal Corporation
    Inventors: John C. Robertson, Donald A. Sementilli
  • Patent number: 4867337
    Abstract: A cap assembly for closing the inlet of a fuel tank comprising a closure cap for releasable mounting on the tank inlet, an anchor chain secured at one end to the underside of the closure cap and carrying a spring retaining member at the lower end thereof for positioning in the tank. The closure cap has a two part inter-engaging construction comprising a lower cap portion and an upper cap portion. The lower cap portion is formed with generally T-shaped anchor chain retaining slots which are adapted for receiving and positively retaining the upper end of the anchor chain in assembled position without auxiliary fastening means. The upper cap portion is formed with a pair of depending tangs which are adapted for releasable engagement with the anchor chain retaining slots in the lower cap member for preventing disassembly and removal of the retained anchor chain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: September 19, 1989
    Assignee: Roper Corporation
    Inventor: Robert Eichenseer
  • Patent number: 4838441
    Abstract: An improved child resistant closure for a container comprises a base fixedly securable to the container, the base having an orifice communicating with an opening defined by the neck of the container and a first engaging means, a cover having a second engaging means, one of the cover and the base having a deformable portion, such that the cover is moveable between a closed position wherein the cover obturates the orifice in the base and wherein the first and second engaging means are engaged for retaining the cover in the closed position, and an open position when the orifice is exposed for dispensing the contents from the container, the cover being moveable to the open position by deforming the deformable portion which serves to disengage the first and second engaging means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 13, 1989
    Inventor: Milton P. Chernack
  • Patent number: 4836406
    Abstract: A closure for a pressurized container, such as a coolant radiator, provides overflow protection by means of a tube connecting the highest point of the container with the filler neck. The end of the tube in the filler neck is closed by a cap having a high pressure relief valve. The closure cap also contains a low pressure relief valve connected to the tube which, together with the high pressure relief valve, maintains a pressure balance in the container without substantial change in the amount of fluid therein. Both valves are connected directly to a bleed line to atmosphere or a reservoir. The tube and filler neck together serve to regulate the pressure in the container and to provide a maximum fluid level within the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1987
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: Deere & Company
    Inventor: Friedrich Benning
  • Patent number: 4836404
    Abstract: A closure for containers particularly adapted for use in dispensing liquid beverages. The closure includes a spout for delivery of the liquid beverage, and the spout is provided with a flow control valve housed within the spout. The valve and spout are formed of resilient materials, and the valve is normally closed, but is openable by lip pressure applied externally of the spout.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Inventor: Peter Coy
  • Patent number: 4836408
    Abstract: A rattle-free peripheral interface between a housing and a top latched thereto including at least generally vertically extending, integral, resilient members which are resiliently deformed when the top is latched to the cover, with the integral resilient members providing the sole contact between the opposed peripheries of the top and of the housing. A first form of resilient member includes a pair of oppositely extending, diagonal legs extending down from the top and terminating in feet which resiliently contact rigid shelves or facing areas on the opposed housing (FIG. 4), the housing having a castellated, interdigitated interface with the resilient member. A second form of resilient member includes a vertically extended, thin member on the underside of the top, which is resiliently deformed and in contact with an opposed rigid shelf when the top is latched onto the housing (FIGS. 5A and 5B).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 1988
    Date of Patent: June 6, 1989
    Assignee: United Technologies Automotive, Inc.
    Inventor: Dhirendra C. Roy
  • Patent number: 4834258
    Abstract: A closure for cans of the type utilized for packaging carbonated soft drinks and beer is in the form of a pivotal closure tab secured by a rivet on the top end of the can. The closure is specifically designed for use with can having a pull tab opener and is secured to the same rivet utilized to mount the opening pull tab. A leading end of the pivotal closure tab is provided with a flange which is bent downwardly and registers with a peripheral groove on the top surface of the can. By first open the can with the pull tab, the pivotal closure may be used to reclose the can to preserve the purity and carbonation of the contents.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 8, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Inventor: Charles E. Root
  • Patent number: 4834429
    Abstract: Structure for connecting two members together, each including spaced apart, oppositely disposed, opposed surfaces having a cross section including a short straight portion adjacent one edge thereof, a longer obliquely extending portion extending from the other edge thereof and merging with an arcuate connecting portion which intersects the shorter straight portion, which surfaces are complementary and arranged to be in engagement with the members assembled. In one modification of the invention, the oblique portion of the surface cross section starts prior to the plane of the short straight line portion of the cross section and crosses it prior to merging with the connecting portion of the cross section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1985
    Date of Patent: May 30, 1989
    Inventor: Michael C. Miller
  • Patent number: 4832217
    Abstract: A functionally locking bottle cap, the feature of which lies mainly in the inclusion of a locking mechanism located in the space between the interior and the exterior of the cap, for which a locking combination number must be set to enable at least one pin to be inserted into at least one pin opening on a selective basis before the bottle cap can be opened. Otherwise an outer cap will rotate freely without causing rotation of an interior cap which is threadably coupled to a container, such as a bottle. Thus making the opening of the container impossible so as to prevent the misue of the contents in the container, by other people.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventor: Ta-Shun Lin
  • Patent number: 4832225
    Abstract: A splash deflector for cooking containers is disclosed which includes an annular shaped deflecting member for preventing liquids from being splashed out of the container. Means are provided for releasably mounting the deflector to the container in a manner to provide a substantially liquid tight seal yet to also allow quick removal of the deflector. A supporting member is also disclosed for supporting a lid thereby to create a closed container cooking environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Inventor: Larry R. Benjamin
  • Patent number: 4830215
    Abstract: A lid for closing, by thermosealing, a container having a thermoplastic material sealing zone (3) defined by an internal closed line and an external closed line, of the type comprising a closure material (5), a varnish (7) applied to one of the faces of the closure material and an added thermoplastic material layer (6) fixed separably to the closure material and covering at least a part of the varnish which is intended to face the sealing zone of the container to be closed, said lid being characterized in that the added layer (6) has a thickness of the order of 100 to 1000.mu. (10.sup.-4 to 10.sup.-3 m), its thickness being chosen so that the thermoplastic material forming it may, by locally melting during closure of the container by thermosealing, encapsulate the traces of product finding its way on to the sealing zone during filling of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Societe Alsacienne D'Aluminium
    Inventor: Robert A. Rebischung
  • Patent number: 4830213
    Abstract: The closure cap for fuel receptacle incorporates therein a liquid level gauge. The cap generally comprises annular hand grip means with a framing plate therein. The liquid level gauge includes an indicator shaft rotatable within an opening in the framing plate generally coaxial with the closure cap. The opening in the framing plate is in communication with the atmosphere and thus also serves to vent the receptacle when the cap is in closure position. Check valve means are carried on the shaft adjacent to and beneath the framing plate to normally close the opening and thereby prevent egress of sloshed fuel through the opening. The check valve means are adapted to open to vent the receptacle in response to a predetermined pressure differential across the valve means.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Brunswick Corporation
    Inventor: Richard L. Sleder
  • Patent number: 4830206
    Abstract: A tamper resistant container that can be readily opened by an elderly person but is difficult for a young child to open comprising a container for holding toxic substances with the container having a latch lip for engaging a cover and a pressure region located at the top of the container and over the latch lip, and a cover for engaging the container to close and seal toxic substances in the container with the container including a slip ring to permit free rotation of the container when the cover on the container is rotated to thereby thwart a young child from opening the tamper resistant container with the cover including a cylindrical lip to latch the cover to the container with the cylindrical lip operable for disengagement of the cover with the container by the user squeezing on a specific region on the outside of the container so that the container flexes inward to disengage the cylindrical lip from the container to thereby permit the user to remove the cover from the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 6, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Inventor: William Fisher
  • Patent number: 4830209
    Abstract: Fail safe releasible locks for cappped centrifuge containers to insure closure integrity against specimen loss in whole or in part, the containers with cap being suitable for use in centrifuging and/or boiling liquid specimens and, if desired, for removal of processed specimens without removal of the lock and without opening of the cap.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Multi-Technology Inc.
    Inventors: Paul M. Jessop, David H. Jeffs
  • Patent number: 4830214
    Abstract: A one-piece molded end closure has a pull ring spaced from a main panel having an annular flange extending therefrom. When the end closure is frangible through having score lines formed in the main panel, the pull ring is connected by a tenon adjacent a score point, which is the junction of two score lines and inside of the inner diameter of the pull ring, so that pulling on the pull ring, which is substantially parallel to the main panel, starts rupturing of the two score lines. The end closure also may be a plug type having a friction fit within a container whereby there are no score lines; the pull ring is still used to remove the end closure from the open end of the container. The method and apparatus for molding enable production of the end closure as one piece without any tearing of the pull ring or rupturing of the score lines when the end closure is removed from the molding apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Mt. Vernon Plastics Corporation
    Inventors: Danny R. Curliss, Dwight E. Looney
  • Patent number: 4830216
    Abstract: A lid for a pressure-heat cooking vessel, which is adapted to close or open an opening of the vessel in which food to be cooked is contained, wherein a transparent glass block is mounted in an opening formed in a lid body and held by a retainer to hermetically close the opening. The glass block is projected outside of the lid body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 1988
    Date of Patent: May 16, 1989
    Assignee: Yugen Gaisha Miyakei Company
    Inventor: Keinosuke Miyauchi
  • Patent number: RE32927
    Abstract: A resealable closure device for use on metallic cans is disclosed. The closure device comprises a metallic end including a flanged opening therein and a molded rubber or plastic element which is molded in an "inverted umbrella" position and which is capable of being inverted upon itself to seal onto the end.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 1987
    Date of Patent: May 23, 1989
    Assignee: Reynolds Metals Company
    Inventors: Robert L. Taylor, Danny R. Sink, Daniel F. Cudzik